West with the Night
Beryl Markham moved to Kenya with her father at the age of four and stayed until her death. Her incredible autobiography describes the Africa she learnt to love; her childhood surrounded by the tribal people and her tangles with the wild animals. Markham achieved notoriety and success as a horse... show more
Beryl Markham moved to Kenya with her father at the age of four and stayed until her death. Her incredible autobiography describes the Africa she learnt to love; her childhood surrounded by the tribal people and her tangles with the wild animals. Markham achieved notoriety and success as a horse trainer, and became the first woman in Kenya to receive a commercial pilot's licence. Her adventures and courageous career as a bush pilot are recounted in vivid detail here.
Publish date: 1983
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Pages no: 294
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, Book Club
, Biography Memoir
I groped for lights, got into a dressing-gown, and let fly a few whispered maledictions aimed at the head of Bacchus. But what I saw before me, when I opened the door, was no reeling Blix, nor even a swaying one. I have seldom seen a man so sober. He was grim, he was pale, he was Death warmed over. ...
Beryl Markham lent me her wings while I was laid up on a hospital bed, almost paralyzed, with surgeons recommending that, in order for me to walk again, they would have to carve me up. Once they would leave, taking their medical insights with them, the weight of their Cartesian scientific history an...
"I stumble out of the plane and sink to my knees in muck and stand there foolishly staring, not at the lifeless land, but at my watch. Twenty-one hours and twenty-five minutes. Atlantic flight. Abingdon, England, to a nameless swamp – nonstop." It is probably sacrilege to have read West with th...
Circling the Sun is about pioneering female pilot Beryl Markham, but you wouldn’t know it for most of the book. Beryl’s aviation adventures act like a frame story for Beryl’s coming of age in Africa, where the story’s real focus lies. She has an unconventional childhood during which she is accepted ...
Several GR friends read this and enjoyed it, so when it was offer on sale for Kindle I picked it up. It got put to the head of the TBR list after I read Circling the Sun by Paula McClain. McClain wrote quite passionately about the brilliant writing in this memoir, and portrayed Markham as a very i...